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LBJ - President Signs Civil Rights Bill

LBJ - President Signs Civil Rights Bill
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George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Everett McKinley Dirksen, 4 Jan 1896 - 7 Sep 1969
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr., 27 May 1911 - 13 Jan 1978
George Meany, 16 Aug 1894 - 10 Jan 1980
Charles Abraham Halleck, 22 Aug 1900 - 3 Mar 1986
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968
William Moore McCulloch, 24 Nov 1901 - 23 Feb 1980
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 27 Aug 1908 - 22 Jan 1973
John William McCormack, 21 Dec 1891 - 22 Nov 1980
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 17.7 x 25.4cm (6 15/16 x 10")
Mat: 35.6 x 45.7cm (14 x 18")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
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President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Bill at the White House
After criticizing President John F. Kennedy for failing to advance civil rights legislation, King was elated when Kennedy addressed the nation on June 11, 1963, and pledged to seek passage of a civil rights bill that would provide "equality of treatment" to every American. Sent to the House on June 19, the bill soon became stalled in committee, where it languished until President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22. Declaring that prompt passage of Kennedy’s civil rights bill would be the most fitting way to honor the late president, Lyndon Johnson successfully pressured Congress to bring it to a vote. The bill cleared the House on February 10, 1964, and reached the Senate floor on March 30, where it was blocked by a filibuster until June 10. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was finally signed into law by President Johnson on July 2, King (second row, center) attended the ceremony.
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